The '65' road trip

  • Grand Sites, legendary Tour de France Cols
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Grand Sites, legendary Tour de France Cols, Spa baths.


Don’t forget your camera! Take to the road to discover the mythical Tour de France ‘cols’ - the Peyresourde, the Tourmalet, the Aspin. Unforgettable… As are the breathtaking panoramas from the Pic du Midi and the Cirque de Gavarnie. And then mix these incredible moments with a relax in the soothing waters of the Spa baths.

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From 369 € /person Based on 2 persons

  • 5 days/4 nights in 2 & 3 star hotels on a half-board basis and 3 star ‘Art de Vivre’ chambre d’hotes en B&B
  • 1 entry to Balnea spa (2 hrs.)
  • Access to the Grand Sites: Pic du Midi (access by cable car) - Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking + access to the Gaube Lake) - Cirque de Gavarnie
  • 1 entry to Luzéa spa (2 hrs.)
  • 1 entry to Les Bains du Rocher spa (2 hrs.). Driving Circuit

Contact Sabine
to book this holiday package or receive informations

By mail By phone 33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

The strengths

  • The crossing of these 3 legendary Tour de France, no need to wear yourself out cycling to appreciate the fabulous scenery
  • Discover the 3 Grand Sites, with 3 spa centres for a little relaxation

Day 1

The Louron Valley
Cross the Col de Peyresourde - Relaxation at the Balnea spa centre with outdoor baths, lagoons, hammam, jacuzzi, bubble beds....
Night in 3 star Gites de France ‘Art de Vivre’ chambre d’hotes.

Day 2

Col d’Aspin - Pic du Midi
Breakfast - Set off for the Col d’Aspin - Stroll around Lac de Payolle - Ticket for the Pic du Midi cable car - Dinner and night in 2 star hotel.

Day 3

Col du Tourmalet - Cirque of Gavarnie
Breakfast - Over the Col du Tourmalet - Discover the Cirques of Gavarnie and Troumouse - Relaxation at the Luzea spa centre with pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam - Dinner and night in 3 star hotel.

Day 4

Cauterets - Pont d'Espagne
Breakfast - Discover the Pont d’Espagne and the waterfalls, the Gaube Lake (cable car) - Relaxation at the Bains du Rocher spa centre with indoor baths, outdoor lagoon, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi - Dinner and night in 3 star hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast - Departure.

2 & 3 star hotels and 3 star ‘Art de Vivre’ chambre d’hotes

Day 1: your 3 star "Gites de France" ‘Art de Vivre’ chambre d’hotes

Situated at the centre of a village at a altitude of 1000 metres in the Louron valley, this chambre d’hotes is surrounded by the mountains. An ancient Bigourdane house it offers calm and tranquillity. In the enclosed wooded gardens there are loungers from which to admire the view, a large table beneath the trees provides a superb spot for your lunches. The bedrooms are a lovely mix of old and new, authenticity and comfort, antique wardrobes, comfy duvets, decorated in pastels, the walls are adorned with works from local artists.
The chambre d’hotes ‘art de vivre’ reflect the cultural and historical character of the region. They are the expression of an identity, its terroir and knowledge of traditional construction methods, they are our patrimony.
Your chambre d’hotes: Has 4 rooms each accommodating 2 to 3 persons, a dining room with open fire, lounge with games, library, television, terrace, garden, parking.
Your 'Blue' room for 2 persons, 2nd floor: 1 double (160cms) bed - Bathroom - Separate toilet

Day 2: your 2 star hotel

Your 2 star hotel is full of charm and is hidden away in the small village of Gripp in the Grand Tourmalet valley. Situated at the foot of the Pic Du Midi it is a cosy place, its art deco style is both surprising and fun. Vincent will welcome you to this particularly comfortable hotel, in winter the lounge is heated by an open fire, there is always a few notes of music coming from the bar.
Your hotel: Has 13 bedrooms (with one for people with disabilities), a restaurant, a bar, a small lounge with TV, a panoramic terrace, a garden.
Your double room, view over the Pyrenees: A 140 cms bed - Bathroom - Toilet - Television

Day 3: your 3 star hotel

Located in the centre of the traditional village of Luz Saint Sauveur, on the way to the Grand Sites of the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Col du Tourmalet, this attractive 19th century hotel invites you to travel back to another era of elegance and style. Its sunny terrace overlooks the Gave river and offers over a superb view over the slate roofs of the village to the Bareges valley with the Pic du Midi on the horizon. The restaurant has large bay windows from where one can equally admire the surrounding mountains. Pigeon lofts, carved balustrades, the ambience and decor of the restaurant... everything is Belle Epoque. The restaurant serves traditional fare - garbure, confit de canard, grilled local lamb. A delight to come back to after a day's skiing or from exploring the mountains in summer.
Your hotel: Has 28 rooms, either doubles, twins or family rooms, many have balconies. There is a shaded garden, a lounge, garage for cycles and motorbikes, a terrace, free wi-fi, lift, private parking. Animals are admitted.
Your double room, spacious and recently renovated with taste and modernity, it offers every comfort. The adjoining bathroom with its elegant washbasin with fountain taps, and the paved shower offer a real touch of design. It has a 160 cms bed, bathroom with hairdryer, toilets. Flat screen TV.

Day 4: your 3 star charming Logis Hotel

Your 3 star Logis hotel, classed ‘hotel of charm and character’, and located in the centre of Cauterets, a small Pyrenean holiday resort. With all the air of ‘English ladies’ the two sisters Bernadette and Rose Marie, natives of Cauterets, have created in this grand house a hotel in their own image. Lacework, embroidery, fine pastel bedcovers, and antiques bring lots of character. The rooms are veritable love nests where each detail counts- sachets of lavender on the wardrobes impregnate the air with romanticism. Not to mention the charming patio and the flower filled balconies.
Our range of Hotels of Charm and Character are hotels on a human scale in protected natural settings. You are welcomed as a friend, the décor is carefully designed, the materials used are traditional, the furnishings refined, the colours are meticulously chosen to create a harmony which reflects a particular valley or region.
Your hotel: Has 12 bedrooms, 6 suites, a restaurant, small bar and salon, a terrace, garden and garden furniture.
Your room 'Supérieure bain': Double 180 cms bed and 100 cms bed - Bathroom - Separate toilet - Television - Telephone - Wi-ifi

Balnea, your spa centre

On the edge of the lake and facing the mountains, the Balnea Spa immerses you in a universe of raw beauty and rafinement.
The spa waters are naturally warm, the inspiration comes from afar, and the relaxation techniques are varied.

With the Roman area

Let yourself go in a world of wellbeing. A lagoon of thermal water, massage jets and swan neck jets, musical baths, Jacuzzi baths, hamman, heated benches… the dome with its glass facades bathes the spa ina wonderful natural light and offer magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.

With American Indian area

This space is perfect for families. Geysers, swimming against the current, waterfalls, Jacuzzis, water beds… All beneath the watchful eye of the totem poles.

With the Onsen area

Treat yourself to a taste of Japan. 3 outside pools at between 33 and 40 degrees with splendid views over the mountains, a Japanese zen garden, a Japanese pavilion with a room of cryotherapy, 2 saunas with dramatic mountain views.

In the Inca area,

families can enjoy outdoor pools where the waters are at 37C, in a sumptious decor of bamboo, temples and statues which transports you to Latin America, all to the backing of Peruvian pipe music. Swimming against the current, jacuzzis, massage jets, and even a beach of stones to take a snow bath in winter... the pure pleasures of warm waters in a delightful and surprising setting.

With the Tibetan area

Peace and calm, this space is dedicated to the face and body. Mountain treatments using Arnica, massages with warm sesame seed oil and Tibetan bowls, Thai foot massage and Taiko yoga, traditional Indian massage.

With the restaurant

Wellbeing is also on your plate, well balanced, healthy and natural.

The Pic du Midi cable-car, easy access to the highest summits!

Take the Pic du Midi cable car for a spectacular voyage to the summit at 2877 metres, where 600 m2 of viewing terraces await, marvel at the 360 degree panorama over the whole of the Pyrenees, the plains of the south west and even the Massif Central. The Pic du Midi also houses a famous astronomical observatory, a star museum (the highest museum in Europe) which explains the history of this exceptional site and the exploration of the universe.

The Cirque de Gavarnie, a World Heritage site

The most famous and the most spectacular natural cirque...
50 million years ago in the Pyrenees water and glacial erosion created a number of natural ‘cirques’ with a remarkable perfection. Gavarnie is the most famous and the most spectacular. With 16 summits of over 3000 metres and the highest waterfall in Europe it possesses a magnificent beauty.
The natural spectacle it offers is remarkable. This once hidden area «resembles nothing that is found anywhere else» wrote Victor Hugo. Adjoining the great canyons of Aragon in Spain it is part of the «Gavarnie - Mont Perdu» World Heritage site.

Luzea, your spa centre

With its neo-classical architecture and a contemporary range of treatments, Luzea mixes marbles, glass with mosaics incrusted with precious stones. You are invited, in the steps of the Empress Eugenie, to a majestic relaxation, calming and refreshing.

The Spa area

Gentle treatments in a splendid setting. Relaxation pool with underwater massage jets, neck massage jets, swimming against the current, suspended Jacuzzi, a slaon with heated benches, roman baths with back massage, sauna, oriental hamman.

Personalised treatment area

Pamper yourself with water massage baths, a toning water course, a wide range of face and beauty treatments (CelluM6® Intégral S, anti-age treatment GALVANIC SPA II by Nuskin…), massages with chocolate, hot stones, Chinese inspired with Chi Yang and Ba Guan…

Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne : at the heart of the Pyrenees National Park

From the village of Cauterets a number of very pleasant footpaths offer the visitor the possibility of escaping into the middle of a remarkable natural world - dense forests, waterfalls, rushing streams, mountain lakes, flower filled meadows. There is much flora and fauna to be observed, look out for the Isard, which is heavily protected here. Despite its distance from the Spanish border Pont d’Espagne owes its name to the fact that it is on an ancient mule route across the border. It is a remarkable site of a great natural beauty and is one of the most visited in the Pyrenees.

Les Bains du Rocher, your spa centre

The floors are jade, the walls are of pebbles, the Bains de Rocher spa proposes relaxation and wellbeing in an original and refined setting.

Relaxation area

naturally heated thermal waters flow both through the interior and exterior; inside it is a wonderful lagoon delicately lit beneath a majestic dome, outside one can bathe in the warm waters through all seasons of the year. Wind down with a bit of fun… swim against the current, jet massages, jacuzzi, jet baths and heated stone benches.For your relaxation- mosaique lined steam baths, sauna, rest room with salt stones, the warm and welcoming ambience of the tisanerie (tea rooms)…

Personalised treatment area

to soothe the body and the mind, the cabins are made of pearled glass with a view over the interior pool, Californian body sculpting, essentials oils from the Dead Sea, reflexology, our range of Galenic treatments…

Fitness area

to tone yourself up, practise yoga, fitness room, water gym, water bikes, personalised coaching…

  • From 369 € /person -
  • Based on 2 persons

The price includes

4 nights in 2 & 3 star hotels on a half-board basis and 3 star ‘Art de Vivre’ chambre d’hotes en B&B - 1 entry to Balnea spa (2 hrs.) - Access to the Grand Sites: Pic du Midi (access by cable car) - Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking + access to the Gaube Lake) - 1 entry to Luzéa spa (2 hrs.) - 1 entry to Les Bains du Rocher spa (2 hrs.) - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Local taxes - Lunches - Cancellation insurance.


Spring Summer Autumn 2018
From June to September

A great idea:

All the spa centres offer a huge range of treatments, including massages, body sculpting, amongst many others, just ready for you to test!